|We spent NYE at Renee's with her husband and boys|
In the past, I've always had goals about weight--whether it was losing weight, maintaining weight, trying to change up my diet, etc.--it's always been at the front of my mind. This year, I'm actually not going to set any new goals in regards to weight! Of course, I'll always be working on losing/maintaining weight, but I have thought and written about it so much over the last decade that I just want to think about something else for a while.
There are a few things that I want to work on this year, though, so I will focus more on those goals.
1) I'd like to read more. Ever since I discovered "binge watching" shows on Netflix, I've pretty much just given up reading for pleasure. I'm going to set a goal to read at least one book per month. I know that doesn't sound like much, but at the end of the year, it'll probably be 11 books more than I read in 2016 ;) I'm going to set aside at least 30 minutes a day to read. (If you have suggestions for me, please feel free to share! My favorite books are typically either thrillers (Dean Koontz is a fave) or popular young adult series (Twilight, The Hunger Games, etc.) Fun, easy reads, basically.)
2) I'd like to spend tons of quality time with my kids. I started making a list yesterday about all the things we can do together--from cooking dinner, to playing a board game, to visiting all the local state parks--and I'm going to make it my goal to do every single one of the items on the list sometime in 2017. My list is 110 items long, so it will definitely keep us busy. Some things are very quick and easy, and some require planning ahead, but the list is do-able. And hopefully I can create some nice memories with my kids! They're growing so fast.
3) Record 1 Second Everyday. My friend John shared a video that he'd put together from 2016 with an app called 1 Second Everyday. You literally just record one second of video every day, and the app keeps it nice and neat in a little calendar. It turns all the mini videos into one long video of your year. I started mine yesterday by taking a one second video of a pretty view of Lake Erie during my run. The video stays in this little calendar, so you can see at a glance what your videos are for each day. (I'm doing one series of just running photos, and another of one second per day of something I did.)
In my last post, I started by saying that I wasn't sure if I could find much good in 2016, but after writing the post, I realized that there was SO much good last year. I think that by doing the 1 Second Everyday video, at this time next year, I'll be able to conjure up 365 memories in just a few minutes! (And you don't have to start on Jan. 1--you can start anytime you like.)
Those are the three measurable goals that I have this year. Of course there are other things I'm working on--training for Indy, getting back to my goal weight (always, ugh), be more active, try new meals, etc--but they are things I'm always writing about!
I'm going to follow my training plan for Indy, which is a good amount of exercise; I'm going to count calories consistently; and continue to work on some habits. Somehow, I started drinking coffee again recently, which is so odd! I never feel like waiting for tea to steep, and since coffee from the Keurig is instant, I just started making it out of convenience. I'd like to switch back to tea. I have a ton of yummy tea just waiting to be steeped!
Another habit I picked up is snacking--when I was at my goal weight last year, I was eating three meals and one treat a day, and I was totally content with that. Somewhere along the way (probably in the summer), I started snacking again, which makes weight management more difficult. I felt much better before the snacking started! So, I'm going to try and switch that habit back as well.
I started training for Indy yesterday. I decided to do the Hansons Half-Marathon Method (the full 18 weeks, which includes base building). I'm not picking a goal time for Indy (just want to have fun and feel good throughout) so I may not focus on the speed work as much; but I feel ready to pick up the mileage for 2017. I have been enjoying running at my MAF heart rate, too, so I'll continue doing that for my easy runs. The first month is all easy running, so it'll be similar to November and December, just with more miles.
Even though I didn't make it all the way through the vegan challenge in November-December, I'm still glad that I tried it. It was much more difficult than I even could imagine. I'd always been curious if I could do it, and now I know :) 14 days is my limit, apparently! The reason I bring it up, though, is because I really like setting short term goals for myself (a maximum of 6 weeks) to just challenge myself in some way. So, I'd like to do more of that in 2017.
For January, the challenge is going to be not eating out. We ate out way too frequently last month, and it's kind of shocking to see just how much money that adds up to. The only exceptions we're making for this month are for birthdays--Eli's is on the 7th, and mine is on the 25th. I may choose to eat at home, but I know Eli loves going out for his birthday.
It feels nice to have some fresh goals going into this new year. Anyone else have resolutions or goals you want to share?